Different Ways to Wear a Blazer Jacket for Women

by Katherine Mitt
Actress America Ferrera wears a bright white blazer over her black cocktail dress.

Actress America Ferrera wears a bright white blazer over her black cocktail dress.

A blazer is an essential part of any woman’s wardrobe that can be worn effortlessly with a wide range of outfits. Instantly dress up a casual look by adding a classic, tailored blazer or choose a fashion-forward style for a fun girls’ night out ensemble. Whatever style blazer you wear, be conscious of the fit. A flattering blazer should fit comfortably in the shoulders and across your back, and it should be nipped in slightly at the waist to highlight your natural shape.

Dress Up Denim

A blazer is the perfect way to dress up basic blue jeans. For a fun night out, wear a slightly oversized menswear-inspired blazer with dark blue or black skinny jeans and a white silk tank top. Accessorize with brown chunky heel sandals, a light gold envelope clutch and a bright statement necklace. Throw your hair up in a loose bun and add a swipe of bright lipstick to complete the look. A polished Saturday afternoon outfit can be created effortlessly by wearing a classic, tailored blazer with bootcut jeans. Add a fitted black tee, nude pumps and an oversized gold chain-link necklace. Tie the look together with a classic, structured brown leather bag.

At the Office

Every woman’s professional wardrobe should include at least one tailored blazer in navy blue, black or gray. To create an effortless office-ready outfit, wear your blazer over a classic sheath dress in a matching or complementary color. Neutral accessories -- nude or black patent pumps, a pearl necklace with matching pearl stud earrings, and a structured black purse -- complete the look. A blazer also looks great when worn with tailored slacks or a knee-length pencil skirt. A patterned or bright silk blouse adds office-appropriate color to the outfit. Keep the look polished with simple, classic accessories.

Create a Shorts Suit

Create a sassy warm weather suit by pairing your blazer with complementary shorts. Wear a white blazer with navy blue silk shorts, a black silk tank top and black pointy-toe pumps for an evening look. Simple accessories -- a long gold necklace, small gold hoop earrings and a black envelope clutch -- complete the outfit. For a casual afternoon look, wear a brightly colored blazer with denim cutoff shorts and a white T-shirt. Accessorize with brown leather sandals, a slouchy hobo bag and a simple gold-charm necklace. Throw your hair up in a swingy ponytail, and you are good to go.

Over a Dress

Throw on a blazer over a breezy sundress to step up your dress in an instant. Add chunky heel sandals, a structured leather purse, and a pair of gold hoop earrings for a perfectly polished summer look. A blazer is also a great way to add some extra coverage or warmth to a slinky cocktail dress. Wear a menswear-inspired tuxedo-style blazer over a bright gold dress for a standout evening ensemble. Strappy black evening sandals, diamond or CZ stud earrings, and a patent black minaudiere clutch completes your outfit.

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About the Author

Katherine Mitt has been contributing to online publications since 2009, focusing primarily on fashion and style topics. She holds a B.A. in English from a small liberal arts school.

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